Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Assyrian Wars - Auxiliary Spearmen

Units for the Assyrian Wars project continue mustering out from the painting desk.  I must admit that I have become quite energized by this project.  The Assyrian Army is a varied and interesting army to field.
Today's finished unit is a 14 figure stand of Auxiliary spearmen from Wargames Foundry.  The tall, dirty white shields I like.  Expect to see another unit or two carrying white shields in the future.  Foundry's Assyrians are fun to paint and look good in close order.  Even though much of my painting activity over the summer has been focused on this project, I have not tired of painting Assyrians yet.  Good thing.  A box of assorted unpainted Assyrians remains.
Two more units remain on the workbench for this project.  After those two units are completed, I will take a breath and hold a pass-in--review.  Surprising to me how quickly an army can be fielded.

Sticking with the Assyrian Wars project for a moment more, I picked up Foundry's Kallapani set and wondering what to do with it under Impetvs rules.  Impetvs lists Kallapani as a 'T' missile stand that moves like cavalry or chariot of 3H.  Should the cart with riders be mounted onto a stand with dismounted archers?  Should the cart be mounted separately from the 'T' missile stand?  If so, how?  

34 comments:

  1. Another fearsome looking unit Jonathan.

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  2. Have to agree that these figures with the white shields look decent. Definitely worthy of another couple of such units in the battle line.

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  3. Very nice units - well posed and based as always.

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  4. Superb, I do like these impressive shields.

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    1. Much appreciated, Phil! Always encouraged by your comments!

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  5. They are grim looking fellows! Wouldn't expect much in the way of quarter from them!

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    1. They do look a bit grim and not in the mood to be trifled with.

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  6. I'm not counting but seems to me you are pushing a unit off the table every few days ! Excellent progress..... still waiting for the army photo 🙂

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    1. Yes, you are correct. A unit is emerging off the painting desk about every other day. Can't keep that pace up, though.

      Two more individual units to share and then time for a group photo.

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  7. Great work and an impressive output rate, do you ever sleep?

    Cheers, Ross

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    1. Thanks, Ross! Yes, I do sleep; sometimes not well.

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  8. Another fine looking unit for your Assyrian army, Jonathan. You are putting out units at a clip.

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    1. Thank you, Dean! Yeah, Assyrians are moving across the painting desk in good order. That will change soon. I have a large battalion of Crimean War Russian infantry in work now.

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  9. Very fine looking regiment Jonathan!

    Christopher

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  10. Very neat basing, especially out at the edge of the base. I imagine this stand was harder to get that eveness right with those shields in the way.

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    1. Thanks for your comments, Norm!

      The arm position of the figures makes for shield positioning that can vary as you noted. I like the occasional variation in positioning as it adds interest to the stand. It was not too difficult either and would have been made less complex if I didn't cram fourteen figures onto a stand.

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  11. Lovely looking unit, those white shields look great!
    Best Iain

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  12. I am still waiting for reinforcements, so perhaps I will be able to take advantage of you diversion into the crimea to catch up. Excellent stuff.

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    1. Jake, plenty of time to catch up. The core of the Assyrians are finished. Now, I may work other projects into the painting mix for awhile.

      Your BTD chariot order has been a long time coming.

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  13. The Assyrians are fun to paint, aren't they? They were the very first Ancient Army I did... and here I am still adding new units to it some 40 years later!

    These guys are pretty dour, the white shields breaking up an otherwise grim visage! These guys, with the crested helmets, no metal torso armor, and cross belts with bronze plate in the center were classed as the infamous "Light Medium Infantry" in WRG, and are thought to have been modeled on the bulk of such troops in the army of Uartu, a state that was centered on lake van and a constant thorn in the Assyrian flank! Whether that assessment is correct (and whether LMI are in fact an actual troop type tactically!) are certainly open to endless debate!

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    1. The Assyrian Army is fun to paint. Your continued work on the army over a 40 year span reinforces that notion.

      "Light Medium" infantry, Peter? That is a good one! So, each different figure in the Foundry Auxiliary offering is meant to denote a particular army? I will file that away for future reference. Very interesting...

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  14. Great work on these and amazing to think you are so close to the finish line! Bravo!

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    1. Glad you like them! Does a project ever REALLY reach the finish line?

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